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Share your Wisdom
During Spiritual Directors International’s twenty-fifth anniversary year, we encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question each month. We are listening. Before 30 November, we want to know:
During times of transition or uncertainty, what contemplative practices do you use to connect with God? Share your response now.
Are you called to join the leadership of Spiritual Directors International? SDI is now accepting nominations for the coordinating council! Nominations are due by 15 January. Read more about it on the SDI website and discern if you are called to a coordinating council position.
Presence art editor, Tobias Becker, is now accepting images of original artwork for possible publication in the journal. If you would like to submit your art, please send an electronic image to Tobias at [email protected].
Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, SDI features a few resources you can incorporate in your spiritual care for yourself and others.
- The Seek and Find Guide has been updated! SDI has improved the Seek and Find Guide with new features to help make it easier for seekers to connect with spiritual guidance. Some helpful new tools are:
- New look and feel!
- Helpful tools for learning how to use the map and to guide searches.
- Easily switch between searches for spiritual directors, formation and training programs, or retreat centers with spiritual direction.
- Faster and more responsive searches.
- Spiritual director listings now share language and website information (where provided).
Share your thoughts about the new and improved Seek and Find Guide in this short survey!
- Sean Murphy speaks about freeing the mind and heart through spiritual practice in the Zen Buddhist tradition.
Questions this video helps to address:
1. Can you remember a time where you felt unsteady in everyday life
2. What are the ways that help you find balance? Have you tried meditating?
If you want to learn more about meditation and mindfulness, register for the upcoming SDI webinar on 18 November, led by Sean Murphy.
- SDI member Karen Erlichman shared about the discernment in this month’s seeker video.
Our series of short, seeker-friendly videos make it easy to share with everyone the value of spiritual direction. SDI posts a new video resource on the twenty-fifth day of each month. If you want to be the first to see the video, follow the SDI YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, and follow SDI on Twitter and LinkedIn.
You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.
Last chance to apply! Do you know an inspiring spiritual companion under the age of forty? Think of the young people in your network—who might you reach out to? Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 New Contemplative cohort! The New Contemplatives Initiative gives spiritual directors in the first half of life the opportunity for continued education and community through a scholarship and bursary to the annual conference. If you are interested—or know someone who is—we encourage you to apply today! Hurry, applications are due soon—27 November.
Registration for the 2016 Emerging Wisdom educational events in San Diego, California, USA, is open and we expect participants from six continents. For the best choice of workshops and retreats, register early and book your hotel room now for discounted rates. For more information, workshop details, and to register, head over to the SDI website today!
Do you know seekers who are curious about spiritual direction? Would you like to find a spiritual companion to help you listen for the ways God is inviting you to become more fully alive? Are you wondering how to take the first step? Join Wil Hernandez, PhD, Obl OSB, and spiritual seekers around the world for a free teleconference on 17 November. RSVP today! Forward the invitation to everyone you know who would like to learn more about seeking and finding spiritual direction like local chaplains, clergy, hospice care providers, campus ministers, etc.
Why meditate? Meditation benefits include reduction in stress; improved psychological, emotional, and physical well-being; as well as increases in compassion and altruistic behaviors. Beyond the scientific benefits—and more importantly for many seekers and spiritual companions—meditation fosters an openness of mind and heart that can be transformative, making room for spiritual growth.
Join participants from around the world at the next SDI Webinar, Meditation and Mindfulness for Everyone. Registration is open now! Tuition for members is only USD$18.
Thank you to all the donors who contributed over the 2015 fiscal year! Your generosity supports scholarships and bursaries, tree planting, publications, outreach programs, and more! Because of your gifts, lives are changed. Thank you for raising awareness of spiritual direction around the world and across traditions. To see a list of the 2015 donors, check out the latest issue of Connections, available now online!
Thank you also to everyone who visited the SDI booth at the Parliament of the World’s Religions! SDI staff were on hand to create a welcoming presence that affirmed people who are already offering spiritual direction and encourage seekers who are looking for spiritual guidance. It was delightful to see so many friendly faces at this diverse gathering!
E-mail your answer to [email protected] by midnight Pacific Standard Time 16 November and enter to win an SDI goodie! Winner* will be notified 17 November and announced in the next month's issue of Discover.
The latest issue of the SDI publication, Connections just came out. Name one of the authors in this issue and the country they call home. HINT: dig around the website for some clues!
Our October winner was Therese Taylor-Stinson, who received the SDI Webinar On Demand recording of her choice. Congratulations, Therese!
*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.
Associate Director, Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Marquette University
Seeking a creative, compassionate, and collaborative individual to serve as the Associate Director to work with the director to implement a contemporary vision of Ignatian Spirituality. S/He will assist faculty and staff in their spiritual growth and understanding of Ignatian Spirituality. To learn more or apply visit https://employment.marquette.edu/postings/5221
The Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago
The Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant or associate level in Christian Spirituality, with an emphasis in Ignatian Spirituality, beginning August 2016. The selected individual will teach courses in our graduate programs in spirituality, with attention to the global and contextually diverse nature of the contemporary church and the variety of ministry settings. Applications should be received by November 16, 2015 for full consideration. Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and the names of three references through Loyola's online application system at: https://www.careers.luc.edu/
Inquiries about the position should be directed to: M. Therese Lysaught, PhD, Chair, Search Committee, [email protected]
The Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant or associate level in Pastoral Theology, with an emphasis in Black Catholic Theology, beginning August 2016. The successful applicant will have the ability to teach courses in several IPS programs, in particular social justice, spirituality, or pastoral studies. Moreover, the successful applicant will bring an earned doctorate in pastoral theology, theology, spirituality, or a related field. Expertise in Black Catholic Theology, as well as a strong record of (or clear potential for) excellence in research, teaching, distinguished scholarship, and student mentorship is desired. Applications should be received by December 16, 2015 for full consideration. Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and the names of three references through Loyola's online application system at: https://www.careers.luc.edu/
Inquiries about the position should be directed to: M. Therese Lysaught, PhD, Chair, Search Committee, [email protected].
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